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Employment for materials engineers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupation through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Materials engineers who specialize in nanomaterials (those at the near-atomic level) and biomaterials (natural or synthetic materials used to manufacture prostheses, implants, and surgical instruments) will have especially strong employment prospects. The DOL reports that materials engineers will find increasing opportunities developing thermal sprays (which are made up of ceramics, plastics, and metal alloys) that are used in weatherization efforts for institutions and companies seeking to reduce energy costs. Ceramics engineers will also be needed, of course, to replace those who leave the field for retirement or other work.